Roulette is one of those gambling games where the winning is decided by chance only. Neither personal skills nor experience are of any significance here. Nevertheless (or perhaps that is why?) Online roulette attracts internet users from all over the world.
There is something mesmerizing about roulette that makes it hard to get away from this game. Especially if there’s big money at stake. A ball jumping on a colourful wheel, so inconspicuous, evokes extremely strong emotions. You have probably played roulette more than once or twice – if not in a real casino, then on a computer or any mobile device. It is pure gambling – without betting, tracking a rolling ball is not exciting.
Roulette: casino or internet?
An alternative to traditional roulette, which you can play at the casino, is Online roulette. The first question that comes to mind for anyone who wants to play for money online is always about the rules of Online roulette. After all, you do not have the ability to control the mechanisms that rule over the virtual gameplay. It seems that in a stationary casino it is harder to fall prey to fraud.
The player sees the wheel, sees the dealer‘s hands, and knows that roulette movement is governed by physical laws and that any win or lose is random. But can one be so sure when playing roulette online?
Roulette: online casino just as safe
Online roulette is no different from traditional roulette – as long as it is part of a Legal casino‘s offer. An online casino with a gambling licence is under the strict control of the relevant institutions. There is no room for fraud. The organisation of gambling is subject to legal regulations and the organiser faces high penalties for violating these regulations. Depending on the country, this may be a fine or a prison sentence.
Casinos therefore do not benefit from fraud. By offering roulette on its website, the casino is responsible for any possible errors or technical problems. It is therefore not possible for a player who has invested money to lose it as a result of some mistake on the part of IT specialists or fraudulent actions of the operator. A physical casino chip is just as real as a virtual one.
The rules of roulette
Online roulette, as we have already mentioned, is governed by the same rules as traditional roulette. This applies not only to the random nature of the game.
Online roulette, just as the traditional one, has 2 varieties: American and European.
The former is operated by only one dealer, who does all the work on the table with his hands. The second one is operated by as many as three dealers, at a much bigger table. In European roulette, one of the dealers acts as the main dealer, i.e. the main person who runs the game.
The other one is a chip dealer, who stacks the chips and pays out the winnings to the participants. The third one supervises the course of the game, intervening only in case of disputes or mistakes of other dealers.
Online roulette, both in the American and European version, has 36 number fields, not counting the green fields with zeroes. There are two zeroes in American roulette, one in European roulette. So American roulette has one more compartment.
The number compartments are black or red. What makes Online roulette special is that all the moves traditionally made by the dealer are done by a computer system. The range of actions performed by the player remains unchanged: the user places the chips in the right places on the table himself. Once you have placed your bet, simply click the “start” button.
If the chips in the field are won, all chips disappear from the field. In a land-based casino, the dealer is responsible for the ball throw, in Online roulette the computer system is responsible for the ball. Unless you decide to participate in a live broadcast.
Some casinos offer these broadcasts to their customers and it has to be said that they are no less popular than Online roulette, where the dealer is the system.
It is also worth mentioning that in Online roulette, you can immediately bet With chips of different monetary denominations (these are called Cash chips). In a physical casino, players have chips marked with different colors, which can only be exchanged for Cash chips later. This is a small detail, but worth mentioning.
Roulette, a game for real money: how to bet?
Betting is the essence of roulette. Based on the quantitative criteria, they can be divided into internal and external. The former consists of betting on specific numbers. Within them, you can distinguish between bets:
- Straight – you bet one number;
- Split – you bet two numbers;
- Basket – depending on the roulette version, it includes the digits 1, 2, 3 as well as one or both zero slots.
External bets, on the other hand, consist of betting not on one, two, three or four numbers, but on a much larger number of fields. Below we list possible external bets:
- low or high numbers – low numbers are those in the range of 1 to 18, while high numbers are in the range of 19 to 36;
- even or odd – there is no need to explain anything here;
- columns – you bet the winning column and the roulette odds allow you to get triple payout;
- tens – you have a choice of three dozen: 1 to 12, 13 to 24 and 25 to 36. You win if you hit a number belonging to your chosen collection.
There are also so-called announced bets:
- Fields adjacent to the number zero („voisins du zero”) – is a total of 15 numbers, 7 from left and 7 from right;
- Le Tiers Du Cylindre – twelve numbers at the bottom of the roulette;
- Orphelins – remaining eight numbers.
How to play roulette?
Although roulette is a game of chance, unlike the one-armed bandit for example, it leaves some margin for reflection.
If you want to play roulette and win real money, do not start playing roulette without any tactics. This is a big mistake, made by many beginners. Using the right strategy increases your chances of winning. If, for example, you prefer in-house betting, betting on single fields with high amounts of money is not a good thing.
Unless you have unlimited financial resources and can afford to take such far-reaching risks. However, most players do not take more risks than necessary. To help yourself, use one of the three strategies below.
This strategy is used by many players because it is incredibly simple and actually allows you to win real money. It is based on betting on fields that offer double payout: red/black, even/non-even or low/high. Most people decide on the first of these options.
Step 1: Bet any amount on red or black. If you win, repeat this step. If you lose, go to step 2.
Step 2: Multiply the previously placed bet by 2 and place it on red or black. If you win, go to Step 1, if not, go to Step 3.
Step 3: Multiply the previous bet by 4 and place the resulting amount on red or black.
Martingale strategy may or may not allow you to win staggering amounts, but it is reasonably safe and allows you to multiply your winnings gradually. This is a tactic for patient and rather risk-free players.
Of course, Martingale strategy does not prevent you from losing, but it does allow you to place reasonable bets.
Grand Martingale strategy
The Grand Martingale strategy resembles its predecessor in some ways but differs from it in the degree of risk. It exposes you to bigger losses because it involves tripling the bets you lost. Let us assume that you bet 1 euro on red. If the roulette wheel stops at black, you are already betting 3 euros to make up for the loss in the next bet.
If you lose again, you bet 9 euros etc. This is a strategy for players with a lot of cash. Besides, not every casino is suitable for this strategy. It is best to choose casinos with a high maximum betting limit. We also advise you to pay attention to the numbers that have won so far and only bet when the numbers from a certain set have not won three or four times. For example, if the next four winning fields are black, place your bet on red.
This is a method for cautious, not very wealthy players who prefer progressive winnings. Before we go on to explain it, I will list the numbers and figures that make up the famous Fibonacci sequence: – 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 etc. As you probably noticed, each successive number is the sum of the two preceding ones.
Step 1: Bet 1 euro. If you win, repeat this step. If you lose, go to step 2.
Step 2: Bet 1 euro. If you win, go back to Step 1. If you lose, go to the next step.
Step 3: Place a 2 euro bet. If you win, go back to Step 1. If you lose, place a 3 euro bet in the next bet.
These are the three basic strategies used by players around the world. If you do not know which one is right for you, try them all one by one. You can also develop your own tactics if you already have some experience.
The decision roulette: how to increase your chances of winning?
Above, we have described the most popular strategies used by casino visitors. They do not guarantee success, but certainly increase the chances of winning.
Roulette is a game of chance and even the most thought-out strategies may not pass the test – you have to keep this in mind. However, by following a few rules, you can protect yourself against high losses. Here are the four most important tips that every player should follow, regardless of any gambling experience.
If you have a choice, only play European Roulette. The statistics speak for themselves: in American roulette, the casino has an advantage because the roulette wheel has one zero more. So, it has a total of 38 fields – a small difference, but still has a real impact on the game. You do not have to be an expert to say that it is better to play the European version of roulette.
If you are impulsive and have a problem with overspending (all passionate gamblers know that), it is best to open a new bank account. Put the money you intend to use for roulette on it.
The idea is to minimize the risk that you spend more than you intended. If you “clean” the account to zero, you just stop playing and move on.
Until you can afford another online session. It would seem that setting up a separate account makes no sense, after all, a bit of self-discipline is enough. However, you can really lose your head in the excitement of playing roulette, as proven by the cases of people who have lost all their money on roulette. A separate bank account gives you the opportunity to set a rigid limit that you will stick to, no matter how hard you want to get back at it.
Roulette is a game of chance – you ”just” need luck to win. Nothing more. So, it is unreasonable to assume that if the ball hasn’t stopped at a certain number so far, it won’t stop at it next time. Some people give in to this illusion and try to bet on numbers that are “luckier”. But this is unreasonable and against logic because this game is 100% random. Whether you play in stationary casinos or online. So, we advise you: when playing roulette, forget about the past.
If you are playing at a stationary casino, do not be inspired by the players who are sitting next to you. As a herd species we are inclined to imitate the behaviour of others, which is very dangerous in gambling. For example, if someone bets a thousand euros on a certain field, do not follow suit. It is best to completely ignore the presence of others, Do not take their decisions into account. Perhaps the risk taker sitting next to you has millions of Euros in his account and will not feel this loss too much. You may regret a hasty bet later on.
Roulette: a game with a vague history
Roulette, like many other games, has a rather vague history. It is assumed that it was accidentally invented by a French mathematician and philosopher, Blaise Pascal, when he worked on the invention of perpetual motion. Some Archaeological finds indicate that even before that, people had already played roulette-like games.
Since Pascal’s time, roulette has obviously undergone a number of changes that do not need to be described in detail here. The first breakthrough in the history of this game was the spread of a new version of roulette in Germany and later on in other European countries, where the number of fields has decreased by one zero.
This was due to a French politician, Louis Blanca, who, together with his brother, Francis, went to Germany as part of a diplomatic mission and made a huge impact on the local gambling community there. The new version of roulette was adopted very quickly and was also accepted in other corners of Europe. American roulette, with an additional zero, gives the casino a 5.26% advantage. In European roulette the advantage is 2.70%.
Roulette: a game with Artificial intelligence?
Fans of technological innovations who are passionate about playing roulette ask themselves whether it is possible to use Artificial intelligence to increase their chances of winning. Theoretically, this is possible, but under such demanding conditions that no average player can count on cheating on the casino.
Artificial intelligence could analyse the position of the wheel, the trajectory of the ball and its speed, and on this basis determine the probability of a certain number being drawn. However, it would require very fast cameras that could capture all the necessary data. So, in practice, the use of Artificial intelligence to increase the chances is not realistic.
Popularity of the game
Roulette is one of the oldest gambling games. It does not require complex strategies, mathematical skills, or special abilities. All that matters in it is luck. A rational notification of your own budget also matters here. Roulette allows you to win real money in a quick and easy way. That is why it is so popular – I do not think there is a casino where this game would not be played.